Former South African President Jacob Zuma has been granted permission to attend his brother’s funeral in Nkandla.

In a statement the Department of Correctional Services confirmed that the former president has been granted compassionate leave.

Zuma’s brother, Michael, died last week at the age of 77 shortly after Zuma started his prison sentence at the Estcourt Correctional Centre.

The Constitutional Court handed Zuma a 15-month sentence for defying its order for him to appear before the Zondo Commission on state capture and corruption.

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